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  • Sustainable investors remain cautious on UK green gilts

    15 October 2021

    As the UK prepares to issue it second sovereign green bond after a record-breaking debut, sustainable investors continue to raise concerns about certain aspects of its green bond programme. Ahren Lester reports

  • Just maybe, debt capital markets can save the planet

    30 September 2021

    In its latest report, WWF poses fundamental questions about the debt capital markets, examining their rapid progress in the last five years and anticipating their evolution through this crucial decade, write Margaret Kuhlow and Jochen Krimphoff

  • Suzano: Sustainable bonds, rather than loans, is where the greenium is

    29 September 2021

    The Brazilian firm has switched from green bonds to sustainability-linked bonds, and found the move has lowered its borrowing costs, Marcelo Bacci tells Madeleine Jenkins

  • Triodos to avoid UK green bond amid 'blue' hydrogen inclusion

    20 September 2021

    With the inaugural UK sovereign green bond expected this week, Dutch sustainable investor Triodos has decided not to invest in the issue amid concerns around the use of proceeds - in particular, the inclusion of 'blue' hydrogen. Ahren Lester reports

  • Green Bond Comment, September 2021: Focus must be on quality not being lost through quantity

    01 September 2021

    The record-breaking growth of the sustainable bond market in 2021 is to be welcomed, but we must ensure the sustainability substance of these bonds is not sacrificed as it scales. Ahren Lester reports

  • Sustainable bond issuance sets fresh record

    24 August 2021

    2021 sustainable bond issuance has already surpassed the record-breaking 2020 total, supported by rising interest in sustainability and sustainability-linked bonds from corporate issuers. Ahren Lester reports

  • Sustainability-linked bonds: One year after the principles - where to next?

    10 August 2021

    Amid ongoing innovation and accelerating growth in 2021, where should the sustainability-linked bond market look next? Ahren Lester reports

  • Green Bond Comment, August 2021: A new dawn for the beleaguered transition bond label?

    04 August 2021

    Once seen as the next exciting frontier in sustainable fixed income, the take-up of transition bonds has so far underwhelmed the market. But could the beleaguered label stage a fight back, asks Ahren Lester

  • Sustainability-linked bonds: One year after the principles - Part 1

    13 July 2021

    One year after the Sustainability Linked Bond Principles were published, the target-based fixed income instrument is seeing issuance accelerate. Market participants warn, however, that some current issues lack substance. Ahren Lester reports

  • Green Bond Comment, July 2021: Should sovereigns choose sustainability-linked over green bonds?

    07 July 2021

    Sovereign issuance is a key component of the sustainable bond market, but Ahren Lester asks why no country has yet taken the sustainability-linked bond route